Nominate someone for a BHN 2018 Award

Submit Nominations for BHN Awards!

Does one of your colleagues demonstrate leadership and excellence in the field of behavioral health nutrition?  If so, make sure they are recognized!  Submit a nomination for one of the awards listed below!

Award nominations are accepted prior to or beginning March 1 and selections are made by July 1 of each year.

There is one recipient selected for the Distinguished Member award and one recipient for the Excellence in Practice award in each of the four practice areas (five awards available).

Leadership may be demonstrated through this practice group and/or other work related to promotion of nutrition and health in populations served by BHN members. Leadership may also encompass contributions to the field in legislation, research, management, education, and publication.

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BHN Award Recipients

Distinguished Member

2017 Sharon Lemons

2016 April Winslow

2015 Sharon Feucht

2014 Carin Kreutzer

2013 Charlotte Caperton-Kilburn

2012 Diane Spear

2011 Ruth Ann Foiles Brunet

2010 Marion Taylor Baer

2008 Shirley Ekvall

2007 Harriet Cloud



Excellence in Practice: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

2017 Wendy Wittenbrook

2016 Patricia Novak

2015 Catherine Conway

2014 Andrea Shotton

2012 Lee Wallace

2011 Joan Guthrie Medlen

2010 Paula Cushing

2009 Anne Overmyer

2008 Betty Lucas



Excellence in Practice: Eating Disorders

2017 Adrien Paczosa

2016 Tammy Beasley

2015 Therese Shumaker

2014 Rebecca Bitzer

2012 Eileen Myers

2011 Karen Wetherall

2010 Jessica Setnick

2009 Roberta Pearle Lamb

2008 Molly Kellogg



Excellence in Practice: Mental Health

2017 Jessie Hann

2016 Terry Anderson

2015 Lisa Diers

2014 Linda Venning

2012 Kathryn Russell

2011 Marilyn Ricci

2010 Ruth Leyse-Wallace

2009 Sharon Wojnaroski

2008 Zaneta Pronsky


Excellence in Practice: Addictions

2017 David Wiss

2016 Yulia Brockdorf

2015 Cynthia Rutkowski

2011 Lisa Beckley-Barrett

2009 Anne Hatcher

2007 Renee Hoffinger


Congratulations to 2016 BHN Award Winners!

BHN would like to congratulate our 2016 Distinguished Member and Excellence in Practice Award Winners. They are remarkable leaders in our profession. Our thanks to each of them for their hard work and dedication.


Distinguished Member

April Winslow, MS, RDN, CEDRD

April (@AprilWinslow) is a Psychiatric Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and the founder of Choose to Change Nutrition Services. An amateur chef, critical thinker, and advocate for the healing power of food, April focuses on living out the reality she believes all may possess.

Her extensive training in Psychiatric Medical Nutrition Therapy was developed while creating nutritional restoration protocols for the Adolescent Eating Disorder program at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center – Herrick Campus in Berkeley, CA. Additional training in gastroenterology, pediatrics, professional management, food chemistry, psychology, and neuroscience from New York University, University of Virginia, University of California, San Francisco, UC Berkeley, La Ventana Eating Disorder Programs, Monarch Cove/Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign served as steps in her professional expertise.

April is currently completing analysis on her dissertation research investigating dietary patterns of humans who manifest clinical symptoms of anxiety disorders. The aim is to develop food-based protocols for the modulation and stabilization of mental health conditions. Her work is currently being investigated through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Food Sciences and Human Nutrition in collaboration with the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. She speaks internationally on the topic of the topic of malnutrition in Psychiatric diseases. You can watch her TEDx talk entitled, “Turn in at the fork” or find numerous pictures of her culinary creations on instagram (healingkitchen). April lives with her husband, Roger, and 4-legged canine daughter, Sadie, in San Jose, CA.


Excellence in Practice  – Addictions

Yulia Brockdorf, RD, LD, CDE, CPT, CS, NCC, LPC-i

Yulia has been the Clinical Director of Nutrition for Success, LLC in Hillsboro, Oregon for over fifteen years. Yulia specializes in behavioral and mental health dietetics, addictions, diabetes education, integrative and functional medicine, dietetics, psychodynamic and person-centered psychotherapy, and sex therapy. Additionally, she manages all clinical and administrative operations of Nutrition for Success, LLC. Yulia practiced as a diabetes educator for five years at Providence Health System in Portland, OR. She founded and managed for ten years Supplies For Life, a 501(c) 3 charitable corporation with operations in the USA and Europe.

Yulia earned Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University. She also has BS Degrees in Dietetics and in Food & Nutrition from Minnesota State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She has completed her training and supervision as Certified Sex Therapist with the Sex Therapy Training Institute.

Yulia is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, a Certified Diabetes Educator with the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, and an Insulin Pump Trainer with Medtronic. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor with the National Board for Certified Counselors and is a registered Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Oregon.

Yulia has served as a public policy board member, consumer protection coordinator, and reimbursement chair for the Oregon Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Additionally, Yulia serves on the Editorial Board for Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer Journal, – Supportive Care in Cancer and the Research Advisory Board with the Community Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities.

She holds memberships with the Behavioral Health Nutrition Practice Group, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Practice Group, the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group, the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, the Psychodynamic Psychoanalytic Research Society, the Division of Psychoanalysis of American Psychological Association, the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center, the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group, the Community Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities, and the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

Yulia’s professional experience is vast; her commitment to continuing education within her fields propels her to rigorously learn new information in order to provide the best possible care to those she serves. Outside of her practice, Yulia focuses her time and energy on family, humanitarian work, and raising an orphaned baby emu. She takes an active role in promoting the benefits of proper eating at home and abroad. She has appeared on radio, in newspapers, and done international work in nutrition education of medical students and the public.

Excellence in Practice –  Eating Disorders  

Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD, CSSD

Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD, CSSD has been practicing as a registered, licensed dietitian/nutritionist with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for over thirty years, of which the last 25 have been specialized in the field of eating disorders. Tammy was the first RD to become a certified eating disorder registered dietitian (CEDRD) with the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals in 1993, and has served on the Certification Committee since 2008, stepping into the role of Director in 2013. During her tenure, the Commission on Dietetic Registration approved the Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) certification for RDs in the field of eating disorders as of June, 2015. During her Miami years, Tammy developed and managed the Eating Disorder Outpatient Nutrition Services for Baptist Hospital of Miami, created the first intensive outpatient program for eating disorders in collaboration with Miami Counseling Services, and was co-owner and Vice President of Wellstyles LLC, a nutrition and wellness boutique specializing in eating disorder nutrition, recreational and professional sports nutrition, and corporate wellness. She has served in multiple leadership roles for both the Miami Dietetic Association, North Alabama Dietetic Association and Alabama Dietetic Association, for which she currently serves as President. Her vision to bring education specific to eating disorder nutrition therapy and share practical experience with dietetic students opened the door for her to assume Chair of the newly created Nutrition and Dietetics Advisory Board for Auburn University in 2012. In November 2015, she joined Castlewood Treatment Centers as National Coordinator for Nutrition Education, working with both clients in treatment and clinicians dedicated to their clients’ recovery. Tammy is passionate about translating evidence-based science into practical and insightful messages for clients to begin healing their relationship with food and body and for clinicians to incorporate into their own practices.


Excellence in Practice –  Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Patricia Novak, MPH, RDN

Patricia Novak, MPH, RD, CLE has over 30 years’ experience working with children with autism, developmental disabilities and chronic illness. The common thread throughout her work has been working with children, from infancy through adolescence, to resolve eating and feeding concerns. Her clinical experience includes interdisciplinary feeding programs at Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA) and University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA); outpatient hospital clinics including the Adolescent Eating Disorders Clinic at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and EMPOWER weight management program at CHLA; school based California Children’s Services (CCS) clinics, home based Early intervention and inpatient Mother-baby/NICU lactation services. In addition to clinical services, Patricia has also developed school nutrition curricula and a weight control program for children with autism spectrum disorders.  She has published in leading journals, written book chapters and is a frequent presenter at regional, national and international conferences.


Excellence in Practice – Mental Health

Terry Anderson-Girard, MS, RD, LDN

Terry Anderson-Girard, MS, RD, LDN earned a BS in Human Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She worked initially in Food Service Management while pursuing a MS in General Management from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

In 1991 she completed a Community Nutrition Internship through Simmons College in Boston. After earning her RD, she started her own practice as a Consultant Dietitian in the Greater Boston area.

Terry is interested in nutritional needs of people who are challenged by mental and neurological issues. Most of her work has been with adults and adolescents throughout the community, specializing in this area of practice for more than 10 years. She has served with the Behavioral Health Nutrition DPG since 2006 and is currently serving as the Chairperson for Standards of Practice for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in Mental Health.


Congratulations to  2015 BHN Award Winners!  

Congratulations to  2014 BHN Award Winners!  

Distinguished Member

Dr. Carin Kreutzer, EdD, MPH, RD



 Excellence in Practice

Mental Health

Linda Venning, MS, RD



Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Andrea Shotton, MS, RD, LD



Eating Disorders

Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RD




Distinguished Member

2013 Charlotte Caperton-Kilburn


Congratulations to BHNs 2012 Award Recipients!



Distinguished Member

Diane Spear, MS, RDN, LD, FAND (left) has worked for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services in Developmental Disabilities Services serving as a Nutrition Services Lead Professional in the home and community Medicaid waiver program since 1998. Diane has been active in BHN for many years and served in many capacities, including BHN Newsletter Editor for six years, three years as Co-chair of the workgroup for the IDD SOP/SOPP and co-author of BHN’s IDD Resource Tool, a two year project. Diane served the Oklahoma Affiliate as Public Policy Liaison and HOD Delegate in which she contributed to the development of the Nutrition Care Process Model.


Excellence in Practice

Eating Disorders:

Eileen Stellefson Myers, MPH, RD, LDN, FADA (center) has a history of contributing to the field of eating disorders for more than 30 years. Eileen was a co-author of the 2001 Position Paper: Nutrition intervention in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia nervosa and eating disorders.  She reviewed and revised the position paper on eating disorders published in 2011 and co-authored the 2011SOP/SOPP for RDNs in eating disorders. Eileen assisted with the first edition of the AND nutrition care manual related to disordered eating. Throughout her career in South Carolina, Eileen served on committees for the local and state dietetic association, including President of the Charleston-Trident Dietetic Association. Eileen’s most noted work is the manual she wrote for professionals working in the field of eating disorders, Winning the War Within: Nutrition Therapy for Clients with Eating Disorde. In 2007 Eileen authored the chapter on eating disorders for Nutrition Therapy Advanced Counseling Skills.

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities:

Lee Shelly Wallace, PhD, RD, LDN, FADA (right) has worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities, first in the community then at the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities in Memphis, TN.   She served as the Chief of Nutrition and Coordinator of the Inborn Errors of Metabolism Team in the College of Medicine at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Lee has taught nutrition as adjunct faculty at both two-year and four-year colleges. She has been a member and an officer in both the Behavioral Heath Nutrition and the Pediatric Nutrition Dietetic Practice Groups of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Lee was a co-author of the 2010 Position Paper: Providing Nutrition Services for People with Developmental Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs and a workgroup member of the published IDD SOP/SOPP. Lee is a past chair of BHN, IDD resource professional and newsletter editor of BHN. She completed her doctoral degree in Higher and Adult Education at the University of Memphis.

Mental Health:

Kathryn Russell, MS, RD (not pictured) is owner of Nutrition is Central which specializes in providing food and nutrition consulting to persons living with psychiatric illnesses in a variety of health care settings and the food service industry. She has over 25 years of specialization in Behavioral Health Nutrition serving long-term care facilities, assisted living centers, rehabilitation centers, community mental health centers, adult foster care and group homes for the mentally impaired. Kathy has served as the Director of Food and Nutrition Services at The Walther P Reuther Psychiatric Hospital in Westland, Michigan. She held the positions of Chair, Membership, Sponsorship and Treasurer of BHN. She was Instrumental in creating and developing the BHN Website. Kathy was a workgroup member and contributing author of the 2006 Psychiatric Nutrition Therapy: A resource guide for dietetic professionals practicing in behavioral health care. She has served as an Advisor, Chair, and various other positions in the Michigan Consultant Dietitians. In 2012 Kathy published her book, “Your Child and Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Dietary Guidance That’s Easy to Swallow”. 

2011 BHN Award Recipients at Member Reception in San Diego

Distinguished Member

Ruth Ann Foiles Brunet, MPA, RD (center) has been an active member in BHN (formerly DDPD) since 1979. She has served as chair of the practice group at least twice and has been active on various committees throughout her years in the group. Ruth Ann has spent her career and now her retirement as an advocate for persons with disability. She has worked in the areas of IDD and Mental Health. She spent several years as the Chief Dietetic Consultant for the Michigan Department of Mental Health where she was a mentor and resource for the other dietitians working throughout the state in psychiatric hospitals and centers for the developmentally disabled. While employed in Michigan, Ruth Ann developed and implemented nutrition and food service “Rules and Regulations in Community Based Facilities.” Her knowledge was also shared in the DDPD Toolbox of which she was co-editor. It is with much honor and respect that the Distinguished Member award is presented to Ruth Ann Foiles Brunet.

Excellence in Practice:

Eating Disorders

Karen Wetherall, MS, RD, LDN (left) has an extensive history in the area of Eating Disorders. She has been an active committee member developing the SOP/SOPP for eating disorders that was published in the August, 2011 JADA. She is currently the BHN Resource Professional for Eating Disorders and the Publications Chair. For the past 17 years Karen has been the Dietetic Internship Director at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville training over 130 dietetic interns about eating disorder assessment and treatment. Karen has a passion for educating others about enjoying food and movement. She supports self-care of a healthy mind, body, and spirit. She has made numerous contributions to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and is very deserving of BHN’s Excellence in Practice award.

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

To say that Joan Medlen, MEd, RD  (right) works with passion in the area of IDD would be an understatement! Joan is currently self-employed as the owner of Phronesis Publishing and as a nutrition and lifestyle coach for persons with and without developmental disabilities. She has to her credit many publications, presentations, and awards. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Exceptional Meritorious Service Award from the National Down Syndrome Congress. Joan is a frequent poster on BHN’s e-mail forum and provides information that we can all use, regardless of our area of practice. Joan was also part of the team that developed the SOP/SOPP for Dietitians working in IDD and the BHN Resource Manual for IDD. The award for Excellence in Practice for Intellectual and Developmental Disability is given to a most deserving Joan Guthrie Medlen.

Mental Health

Marilyn Ricci, MS, RD (not pictured) has made it her business to place emphasis on nutrition and mental illness. Throughout her career Marilyn’s work has included BHN’s areas of practice. She is currently working as a consultant dietitian and a SAMSHA Grant Consultant. She has developed and facilitated nutrition trainings with peer mentors, nurse case managers, and case clinicians for three mental health facilities. Marilyn is a volunteer on the NAMI National Board and has a long history with NAMI. To her credit are many publications and presentations regarding nutrition and mental illness. Marilyn is a true advocate for persons with mental illness and BHN recognizes her contributions with this award for Excellence in Practice.


Lisa Beckley-Barrett, MS, RD (not pictured) has devoted much of her career to working in the area of nutrition and addictions. Lisa is a long time member of BHN and has served our practice group in a variety of roles. Many of you may have completed the CE program that Lisa wrote: “Diet, Addiction, and Recovery.” For her contributions to both patients and professionals BHN awards Lisa Beckley-Barrett the Excellence in Practice award in addictions.



Distinguished Member

Marion Taylor Baer, PhD, RD is one of the first nutritionists to work at what is now a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). Marion had the opportunity to work with other pioneers in the field to shape the contribution of our profession to the interdisciplinary screening, assessment and treatment of children with disabilities and special health care needs. She was involved in the development and implementation of the first “Feeding Clinic” at the University of Southern California, University Affiliated Facility (USC/UAF). First in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Region IX (Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada) and later focusing on California, Marion was involved with interagency teams to look at the need for nutrition services. Collaboration continued through Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)-funded training grants, and demonstration grants which enabled her to work with others to improve nutrition services for children with disabilities and special needs.  Dr Baer continued her work as the Director of Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and as Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics USC Keck School of Medicine.

Excellence in Practice
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Paula Cushing, RD, LDN oversees the provision of nutrition services to individuals with IDD by providing technical assistance to community nutrition/therapy providers and residential/day providers for the State of Tennessee in Nashville. Paula has provided numerous presentations and written numerous articles on nutrition and IDD. She coordinated and co-authored the development and 2008 publication of BHN’s The Adult with Intellectual and Developmental Disasbilities: A Resource Tool for Nutrition Professionals. She has served as the BHN IDD Resource Professional since 2007.  Paula states that “This position and involvement with the practice group have opened all kinds of doors for me, offering many networking opportunities and experiences that have helped to increase my knowledge in the IDD field and strengthen my clinical skills.  I am very grateful to BHN and attribute my increased involvement at the national level to their encouragement and support!”

Mental Health

Ruth Leyse-Wallace PhD, RD began her career as a dietitian at a state operated psychiatric hospital in Kansas and a few years later took a position as the first full-time dietitian at The Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas. She was on a team that organized one of the country’s first long-term residential treatment programs for eating disorders.  Ruth has practiced clinical dietetics in psychiatric hospitals, treatment programs, outpatient clinics, and in private practice for more than twenty-five years in Arizona, Nevada and Southern California. She has authored two books, numerous articles, and given many presentations on the subject of nutrition as it relates to various aspects of brain function and mental health. Ruth has contributed numerous CPE articles, research reviews and resources for BHN Newsletter and has served as the Resource Professional in Mental Health.

Eating Disorders

Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD has made countless contributions to the dietetics profession in behavioral health nutrition and eating disorders. She created the Universal Precautions for Dietitians to help assess for eating disorders in any patient population. She has presented to many professional, medical and community groups about the identification and treatment of eating disorders. Jessica has co-authored and reviewed the Eating Disorder section of the Academy’s Nutrition Care Manual; Texas Dietetic Association Nutrition Care Manual; The Academy’s  Position Statement on Anorexia, Bulimia and other Eating Disorders; and The Eating Disorders Book of Hope and Healing.  Jessica has authored many articles for professional and community publications, including BHN Newsletter and has presented numerous sessions at FNCE®, including a pre-FNCE® workshop and spotlight sessions for BHN.As founder of Eating Disorders Boot Camp and Advanced Eating Disorders Boot Camp training workshops, Jessica has provided training to over a thousand RDs. Jessica is a past Chair of BHN and a past Eating Disorders Resource Professional for BHN.  In 2011, The Eating Disorders Clinical Pocket Guide, authored by Jessica, was published by the Academy as the Pocket Guide to Eating Disorders.

Excellence in Practice

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Ann Overmyer, RD, CD is recognized for her dedication and leadership to the promotion of nutrition and health for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ann began her behavioral health nutrition practice in 1986 consulting in long term care nursing facilities and with a group home company. In the early 1990s she realized a desire to focus her practice in the area of IDD. Her practice has grown to include four RDs who assist in these endeavors. Active in the Indiana Consult Dietitians and Indiana Dietetic Association, She has represented both groups at the stakeholder and committee meetings held with the Indiana Division of Aging from October 2006 to 2007. Ann was recognized by the Indiana Dietetic Association with the Honored Dietitian Award during the annual meeting held in April 2009. Ann has been instrumental in the inclusion of nutrition services in the Money Follows the Person program for the State of Indiana. This program is funded through The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the purpose of reducing nursing home occupancy by 25% by 2011.

Eating Disorders

Roberta Pearle Lamb, MPH, RD, LDN  is the Director of Nutrition Services at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, Massachusetts, including development and integration of nutrition services at multiple levels of care in eating disorders service. As the director of Walden’s Mastering Balance, an integrative treatment program for treating binge disorder and night eating syndrome, Ms. Lamb has applied her understanding of the factors that cause and complicate overeating and appetite dysregulation to program development in the most underserved area of eating disorders.  Roberta served on the Academy’s Standards of Practice Committee for Eating Disorders. She has presented at the national meeting of the Binge Eating Disorders Association and the the Academy of Eating Disorders. Roberta has authored publications, including articles for BHN Newsletter and has served as the Eating Disorders Resource Professional.

Mental Illness

Sharon Wojnaroski, MA, RD  became interested in the effect of food on mood, cognition and behavior while a student at Michigan State University. She became an active member of the BHN practice group in 1980 while director of dietetics at a large center for the developmentally disabled. Later Sharon moved to a large specialized geriatric hospital for the mentally ill. In these settings she recognized the need for a Registered Dietitian as an integral part of the individual treatment team. Much of her next twenty years were spent working to develop and promote standards for minimum Registered Dietitian staffing within mental health facilities. Sharon has provided  nutrition services to long term care organizations and adults with mental illness. She served as 2007-2008 Chair of BHN, authored the Mood Disorders,  the Behavioral Health Nutrition section in the Academy’s, Nutrition Care Manual, and was a contributing author to the Academy’s Psychiatric Nutrition Therapy, Dietitians in Developmental and Psychiatric Disabilities.


Anne Hatcher, EdD, RD(ret), CACIII, NCACII began working with addicts and counselors in 1978 when hired to teach a course in nutrition to students preparing to be addiction counselors. Completing a doctorate in Nutrition and Psychology in Clinical Practice supported her endeavors exploring the topic. She has served as co-director of the Center for Addiction Studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver and instructs courses in ethical and legal issues, pharmacology of drugs and alcohol, infectious disease and addiction, counseling skills, client record management and principles of addiction treatment. In addition to teaching, Dr Hatcher has worked as a consultant with addiction treatment agencies in metro Denver and has taught workshops in nutrition and addiction over the last 20+ years to professional organizations and colleges in several states. Dr. Hatcher has served as the Addictions Resource Dietitian for BHN, has written numerous newsletter articles, and prepared the initial draft of Nutrition and Addictions, a Guide for Professionals. She has authored two chapters in Psychiatric Nutrition Therapy: A Resource Guide for Dietetics Professionals Practicing in Behavioral Health Care and revised the addiction section of the Academy’s Nutrition Care Manual.


 Distinguished Member

Shirley Ekvall, PhD, FAAMD, FACN, RD is a Charter Member of BHN and a fifty-year member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Shirley’s initial interest in dietetics began in high school when a dietitian in her hometown talked with Shirley about the profession which eventually led her to research, pediatrics, and authorship. Shirley has co-edited the book Pediatric Nutrition in Chronic Diseases and Developmental Disorders: Prevention, Assessment, and Treatment. The text is a reference book for health professionals and students around the world.  Shirley has conduct an international workshop in Rei, Saudi Arabia for 600 hundred RDs, nurses and physicians, she became involved with childhood obesity in Spain, pediatric nutrition in India, and with autism spectrum disorder in Cincinnati. Shirley’s interest in disease prevention has led her to membership in The National Environmental Task Force, and Content Advisor for Academy position paper “Dietary Guidance for Healthy Children Ages 2–11 Years.


Excellence in Practice
 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Betty L. Lucas, MPH, RD, CD  was selected for the IDD Excellence in Practice Award for her leadership and commitment to teaching students, professionals and parents about the unique nutritional needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At the time of award presentation Betty held three positions; First, as Nutritionist for the Center on Human Development and at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington; Second, as lecturer on Family and Child Nursing at the University of Washington School of Nursing; and third, as Project Director of the Nutrition Training Contract for Children with Special Health Care Needs Program at the Washington State Department of Health. Betty has held these positions since 1970. She has assisted in the creation of 54 publications; two of her most notable as editor of Children with Special Health Care Needs: Nutrition Care Handbook and as co-author for the Academ’s Position Paper: Nutrition in Comprehensive Program Planning for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. Betty is a Charter member of BHN and served as Chair1982-1983.

Mental Illness

Zaneta M. Pronsky, MS, RD, LDN, FAND is best known to BHN members as author of the text Food Medication Interactions, now in its 15th edition of publication. She co-authored the HIV Medications – Food Interactions and the Food-Drug Interactions chapter of Mahan K and Escott-Stump S. Food, Nutrition and Diet Therapy. Many of us know Zaneta as co-author, along with Sr. Jeanne Crowe, PharmD, RPh, of our often-requested newsletter article “Psychotropic Drugs, Nutritional and Weight Management Considerations” (Summer 2005.) Zaneta’s professional portfolio reveals her roots in nutrition research, renal nutrition, and long term care for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. While working as a consultant dietitian, Zaneta’s career grew into writing, publishing, speaking, and leadership roles in the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association, American Dietetic Association, the Philadelphia Dietetic Association, and Pennsylvania Consultant Dietitians in Health Care Facilities.

Eating Disorders

Molly Kellogg, MS, RD, LCSW is one of the few RDs who is credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as a Registered Dietitian. In addition to providing brief and long-term therapy for a full range of diagnoses to individuals and couples, she also offers nutrition counseling for women with eating disorders, leads a psychoeducational group for overeaters, serves as administrator for a three-state weight management program, and provides clinical supervision for dietitians. She has served as an adjunct faculty member of Drexel University and is certified in Adult Weight Management and as a Gestalt Therapist. Molly’s professional activities, in addition to clinical practice, include serving as President of the Philadelphia Dietetic Association, as accredited provider of professional education with the CDR and as a member on the Board of Directors at the Center for Mindful Eating. A good proportion of Molly’s time is spent writing and speaking. Molly has published Counseling Tips for Nutrition Therapists: Practice Workbook and Toolbox for Nutrition Counseling Education.


Renée Hoffinger, MHSE, RD, LD has had an eclectic career, having worked in each of the four BHN practice areas for over 26 years. In addition, she served as co-author of the Academy’s Standards of Practice/Standards of Professional Performance for Dietitians in Behavioral Health Care. Having been a nutrition instructor for a midwifery school, a nutrition commentator for a local National Public Radio station, a clinical RD for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, a provider of nursing home nutrition services, a nutrition researcher, a provider of nutrition care of persons with HIV/AIDS, and a provider of  nutrition in recovery from substance abuse and addiction, Renée has been a leader in behavioral health nutrition practice. She is most proud of her work in integrating nutrition into the rehabilitation programs at North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System in Gainesville, Florida. Renée also works with patients infected with HIV/AIDS. She has shown leadership by researching and developing practice guidelines at a time when little guidance for this diagnosis was available.



Distinguished Member

Harriet H. Cloud, MS, RD was presented with the BHN Distinguished Member award during the Executive Committee Dinner, held in Philadelphia, PA. September 30, 2007.

The BHN Distinguished Member award recognizes a member who has demonstrated leadership through activities that relate to the promotion of nutrition and health in populations served by BHN members (i.e. eating disorders, substance abuse, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and mental illness). This leadership can be demonstrated through involvement in legislation, research, management, education or publication. Activities may occur at the district, state or national level.  Harriet, a charter member of this practice group has done all of the above!  After 60 years as a member of the Academy, she is a wealth of information and offers unending encouragement to all of us to be leaders. Harriet began her career as a teaching dietitian at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD. She became involved in the Behavioral Health field in 1968 when she became the Director, Division of Nutrition, Sparks Center for Developmental and Learning Disorders, University of Alabama, in Birmingham. Harriet has held over 27 elected or appointed positions in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and BHN-DPG as well as in her state affiliate.  At this writing Harriet’s resume contains memberships in 8 professional organizations, 52 publications and her workshops and presentations span numerous pages.




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